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The oil spill in the Gulf has had a profound effect on the environment, the scope of which won't be fully understood for some time. This disaster has also caused widespread anger, brought environmentalists out of the woodwork and even swayed public opinion on the use of fossil fuels. According to a recent poll, the American public now perceives a renewed need to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.

We first heard about a proposal to ban cars powered solely by fossil fuels way back in 2007. According to Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen, the plan "is much more realistic than people think when they first hear about" it and is still very much in the works. Still, it's highly unlikely that the proposal would come to fruition due to opposition from current Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

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